Living in a Multivore Household (including a kick-ass vegan enchilada recipe)

Photographed by Rebecca Coursey

Hi-my name is Dori, and I live in a multivore household. What’s that, you ask? Well, that just means that I’m a vegan (herbivore), and my husband, Joey is well, not a vegan (he’s an omnivore…well, more of a carnivore actually, lol). Little baby Alana is vegan as of right now because she doesn’t have a choice, but when she can make her own decisions about what to eat, I will do my best to educate her on what being an omnivore means and let her choose for herself.

I admit, living with a meat-eater has its challenges. First off, ethically, it took me a while to accept and to accept him as he made his choice to start including animals again (see, my husband was vegan when I met him, albeit, for a really short amount of time–maybe so I would go out with him, ha ha ha–kidding!). In his defense, he *is* from Texas, ha ha, the land of BBQ. I love him dearly and cannot and would not expect him to succumb to my way of eating. That’s not what marriage is; it’s about acceptance and compromise. It’s not about you conforming or making your spouse conform to your belief system, as much as you may want them to.

So, what do you do when you have a baby together and you want to feed this kid? Well…you talk about things openly, for starters. My husband has always respected the fact that I wanted to have a vegan pregnancy and raise a vegan child. See this awesome interview I just did about my vegan pregnancy here. 

Right now, as our daughter consumes nothing but mama’s milk, we have no issues, and when we introduce food in 3 months, the foods that are recommended to start with are naturally vegan anyway (avocado, banana, sweet potato, peas, etc.–yay!). I have a few friends who live in multivore households, and they somehow make it work. I intend to as well. I look to my vegan community for support and answers to questions on what they would do or how they would handle certain situations.

So, how do we get by?

“Veganizing” recipes is one way we get through our day-to-day. I make many foods and just prepare vegan versions of them (subbing things like meat/poultry, eggs, milk and cheese with vegan counterparts such as almond milk, Beyond Meat, or Daiya cheese).

Also, my husband eats what he wants, and I eat what I want. During the day, when he goes to work, I have no idea what he consumes, but my guess is, it ain’t all salads and meat substitutes. I stopped asking what he had for lunch because I usually don’t want to know, ha ha!

We try to respect each other’s choices. I used to have a rule about “no meat in the house”, and I still do not prefer storing animal products (although, we do have eggs, cheese and sometimes fish in our home), but he may bring in something very rarely that he enjoys. 99% of the time, he eats vegan while at home. He would never expect me to cook animal flesh for him. If he’d like animal products, he’s responsible for purchasing and preparing them, for the most part.

We always cook vegan when having company over for dinner. This has never been an issue. In  fact, Joey has never once asked me to cook animals for guests. We love hosting, and I love cooking, and Joey is sweet and eats whatever I make on these (now, rare) occasions.

Another way we get along is going to restaurants that have foods for us both. Living in LA, there are a multitude of delicious plant-based restaurants, and I have pretty much tried them all. At one point, that’s all we did was go to strictly vegan restaurants, which I know bothered my husband. There is only so much kale a man can take, ya know? Thankfully, LA also provides plenty of “regular” restaurants with vegan options–more and more each day! So, going out has gotten a lot more interesting and fun for us both.

Luckily, it’s pretty easy to veganize most recipes, and so I wanted to include one of my husband’s favorite meals here: enchiladas! I think my vegan version is beyond just acceptable as an alternative, but also pretty darn good, and I’m hoping one day in the not too distant future, my daughter will enjoy them too.

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For Filling:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 15-oz can organic black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 8-12 corn tortillas (how ever many fit in your casserole dish)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. I use a cast iron skillet to make my enchiladas, but you can use a regular 8×12 baking dish, as well.

2. Add the onion and garlic and saute for about 5 minutes, until the onion is translucent. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Add the black beans. Raise the heat to medium high and cook for a few minutes.

5. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in 1/2 cup enchilada sauce (see recipe below).

6. Spread 1 cup enchilada sauce evenly over the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Scoop filling into each tortilla.  Roll up the tortilla and place seam side down in the baking dish. Spread the remaining enchilada sauce over the tortillas. If you have leftover filling, scoop it on top of the enchiladas.

7. Sprinkle your Daiya chedder lovingly over the top of enchiladas.

8. Bake the enchiladas uncovered, for about 20 minutes, until the sauce is a deep red color, cheese is melted, and the enchiladas are heated through.

For Enchilada Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter or extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free all-purpose flour (I use coconut flour)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 scant cup (8 ounces) tomato paste (or you can use an 8 oz can of plain tomato sauce)
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan sea salt or other fine sea salt
  1. In a medium pot, melt the butter over medium heat or add the oil and increase heat to medium.
  2. Stir in the flour until a paste forms (depending on your type of flour, it may be thicker or thinner).
  3. Stir in the chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, onion powder, and cayenne pepper until combined. Cook for a couple minutes over medium heat until fragrant.
  4. Stir in the tomato paste (or sauce) followed by the broth. Whisk until smooth.
  5. Bring to a simmer over low-medium heat. Stir in salt to taste and continue simmering until thickened for about 5 minutes, or longer if desired.

Are you living in a multivore household? What are some of your tips and tricks to keep the peace? Also, if you’re vegan, would you consider dating or marrying someone who was not vegan and why? Chime in!

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Creating Success in 2012

Happy New Year, friends!

I hope the holidays have treated you well and I hope you’re ready for what could be your most AMAZING and SUCCESSFUL year yet! How will you make success your reality? Well, I’m not going to lie;  it will take some hard work and dedication, but I have faith that you are up to the challenge, aren’t you?

So, first things first; start with your MIND. Use mantras, positive affirmations or visualization to attract success and truly see yourself and talk yourself into the exact situation you want to be in. If you want to be thinner, want to have more money, sustain health, have a better job or take a vacation, envision it all and manifest it by seeing it in the PRESENT. Using the statement “I am” is a great way to get started. For example, “I am 10 lbs lighter”, “I am healthy”,  or “I have more money than I need”. New Year’s resolutions in my opinion, are a waste of time. I am a much bigger fan of setting GOALS. Goals convert ideas into targets! So, set your sights high and dream big because you can have anything your heart desires.

Using mantras can be very helpful and you can say them out loud or think about them when sitting in mediation. A mantra is a group of words that are considered capable of creating transformation, and this is what you are ultimately trying to achieve, right? Transformation. Ah, isn’t that a beautiful word? To me, I believe that when we transform, we grow and we become a better individual on all levels. Once we align our minds, the body will ultimately follow! So, know that you have all the power you need to create the changes you want, if you just let your mind be free to explore the endless possibilities.

Okay, so are we thinking a bit more clearly at this point? Good. What’s next? You guessed it, body and soul health, naturally! If our body is not getting what it needs on a physical level, then guess what? We won’t be able to fully bask in the sweetness of our dreams coming true! What’s the point of manifesting what you want and then not being able to enjoy any of it?  It’s important to be healthy in mind, body and soul, correct?

This is where Healing Thru Food comes in. HTF can help you get started on the right path by creating a plan that is personalized and unique to your needs.  Obviously we all have different goals, so why would one cookie-cutter type plan be expected to work for every single individual? Newsflash: it won’t! Who wouldn’t benefit from personalized care? Doesn’t that have a much nicer ring to it than something generic and built for the masses? Is it your goal to simply be average and get average care for yourself? Strive for bigger and better! Get the individualized and supportive care that Healing Thru Food can provide you with. Want to gain knowledge on how to eat better for LIFE? HTF provides this for you and as we all know, knowledge is power! Education is not an unsustainable diet plan that you will go on and off of. The choice is yours…

The power is all in YOUR hands, so why not be pro-active and do something with it? You cannot do if you do not know, so get educated, get empowered and get HEALTHY!

I’m ready and waiting to help you thrive in 2012 and beyond! Affordable and sustainable solutions await you…

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Simplicity = Sanity

Keeping it simple can sometimes sound anything but simple, but it seems to be the way to go when you want to create peace and harmony in your life.  I always seem to go back to this at the end of the day when I have mucked something up by over-thinking, over-prepping or over-stressing!

Everything from food, entertainment, exercise and organizing can be kept simple for sanity! Why make things complicated when we all have enough to worry about all the time, right?

Some quick tips on keeping it simple:

  • Keep it raw. Eating fruits and veggies may seem cliche to mention to such a group of enlightened individuals, but it’s the simplest way to get natural enzymes and nutrients into your system that probably so desperately needs it. Summer months provide an abundance of colorful, antioxidant rich fruits and veggies, so gobble them up and stay healthy! Whatever you don’t have to cook, don’t, as consuming raw fruits and veggies still have all their beneficial enzymes in tact! Why make it complicated? Plan simple meals around raw food choices. Make salads, dips, raw soups and use simple kitchen tools such as a mini food processor or blender. Go raw and keep it simple! Continue reading Simplicity = Sanity

A “cheat” day for HTF-created awareness and change

So, yesterday I strolled around the Lincoln Rd. farmer’s market here in S. Beach and took in all the sites (and food!) they had to offer; not to mention amazing body products (we tried this lovely shea butter from Africa that was divine!) and the antique show that was going on it’s last day yesterday. Fun stuff!

We indulged in plenty of foods I don’t regularly eat (mostly bread based foods) and today I am certainly experiencing a “food hangover”. I have decided that for now, it’s best (and I am making this vow on my site so I have all of YOU as my witnesses) to weed out the wheat/gluten (which I have done so in the past but have slipped up lately) and to seriously start weeding out sugar, as painful as this will be.  Continue reading A “cheat” day for HTF-created awareness and change

2010 Reflections

Dear friends,

As 2010 comes to a close, I just want to reflect on some of the highlights in my life and encourage you to do the same. It’s always nice to give thanks and appreciation to ALL things experienced-good or bad, because there truly is no good or bad…We should be grateful for everything big and small that has brought us to where we are at this very moment. To me, it seems like it was a bit of a challenging year for us all in some way, shape or form. These challenges though, truly show us what we are made of and build our character. As they say, the universe never gives us anything we truly cannot handle. Continue reading 2010 Reflections

How to Maintain Your Vitality

Happy December, my lovely readers!

I hope where ever you are, you are enjoying the season! So much good stuff! Hanukkah is in full swing and Christmas is just around the corner!

Just a reminder to keep you all motivated to stay on top of your game during this very tempting and tantalizing time of the year. It’s easy to fall back and then have to make up later for overindulging at all the company parties, family functions or while on a holiday vacation.

Today I had to take my car in for maintenance and it made me totally think about the body. It may sound cliche to say that our bodies are like our cars, but seriously, after a very expensive wake up call, I realized that with a little more attention and maintenance, I probably would be $1,000 richer this week.  🙁 Our bodies ARE like cars. They need the basics to survive and THRIVE. With only a switch of the mind and a bit of planning, our bodily ‘cars’ can run smooth for miles without breaking down.

If we take the simplest analogy and compare engine fuel to water, we know that cars cannot run without fuel (or water either!), s Continue reading How to Maintain Your Vitality

After Thanksgiving Insight-From a Healthy Eater

Hello friends,

I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving! I made my healthy things, and enjoyed them, but I must confess, I pretty much enjoyed them solo. My mom is always so sweet and tries anything I make-constantly disproving her ‘beliefs’ that she doesn’t like this or that. For her, it’s more of a mental thing. Anyway, so yes, a few people tried my quinoa and my soup (basically my brother and my mother-gotta love them). But that is 2 people out of the 20 at the gathering. I tried my best to not take anything personal, because it’s not really about people NOT liking my food, it’s about them not knowing much about it. They may care about me and love me, but that does not mean they are ready to give up their mashed potatoes and gravy! So, I ate quietly enjoying my conscious food, trying to keep the vibe I had gotten from my morning Thanksgiving yoga class, which focused on love, intention, gratitude Continue reading After Thanksgiving Insight-From a Healthy Eater

Eureka! Inspirations for finding YOUR eating lifestyle!

Hi friends,

I wish you all a very happy Earth Day! I hope you use this time to reflect on any positive changes you have made with regards to how you treat our sacred Mother Earth. Have you been recycling more? Using your cloth bags? Composting? Maybe bought a Prius? 🙂 Whatever you do, just remember that we ALL can make a difference even if it’s just in small strides. Keep up the good work! Every little bit helps!

So, a lot of changes have been going on with me that I wanted to share with you all-for who ever is out there reading my words… Continue reading Eureka! Inspirations for finding YOUR eating lifestyle!

Feeling Underjoyed?

Sometimes at HTF, I like to speak a bit about healthy mind set because I believe there is an important connection between body, mind and spirit. With that being said, we have to nourish all these things to feel complete and balanced. I wanted to write a little about some very powerful healing modalities; life coaching and transformational coaching.

Do you ever feel like you have every reason in the world to be happy, but you still find yourself not as joyful as you’d like to be? Well, sometimes we can be doing everything we think we are supposed to be doing to achieve pure bliss and a joyful mind; deep breathing, meditation, journaling, exercising,  venting to friends, etc…

Unfortunately though, sometimes it’s not that simple.  I am sure most of us can agree that a lot of our so called issues probably stem back to early childhood experiences…not to get all “Freudian” on you guys, but it’s a common thread many of us share, I’m guessing, yes? Continue reading Feeling Underjoyed?

Helping Haiti with the Healing Energy of Food and Conscious Thought

Hi there everyone,

A friend of mine forwarded this to me and I felt it was very beautiful and presented a way to help Haiti, on the simplest of all levels…energetically.

I think I have mentioned once or twice that my personal belief is that thoughts are things and we create our own reality with the power or thought and intention. Well, the following suggests that if we concentrate our thoughts when we eat and are PRESENT, centered and focused, we can help those Haitians in need of nourishment.

Please read Raphael’s words and please try this exercise. It can do more than you think and collectively, can be extremely powerful.  Thanks!

Also, you can check out some of the neat and healing things Raphael offers on his website: Continue reading Helping Haiti with the Healing Energy of Food and Conscious Thought